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  • Summary: Inspired by a true-life story, Coach Carter is an inspirational account of a controversial high school basketball coach, who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news in 1999 for benching his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance. (Paramount) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Sean Daly
    This entry in a rather stale genre deserves to be put at the head of the class.
  2. By turns funny, touching and genuinely inspiring.
  3. 70
    Coach Carter, its flaws aside, is as interesting for what it doesn't do as for what it does.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Braund
    It's a good story, well told.
  5. Jackson, though, does lend this earnest formula flick a core of conviction.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    2-1/4 hours of MTV-produced tough love, with a dance break and pool party to relieve -- momentarily -- a series of motivational rants from lead Samuel L. Jackson.
  7. 38
    This afternoon-TV special trying to pass as a real movie earns an extra half star solely for Samuel L. Jackson, who brings his usual fire to the role.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. Sep 7, 2014
    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Timo Cruz

    That's a movie, really. It's one of the most moving films I've seen. This movie really worth seeing. Samuel L Jackson plays the role very well.
  2. Jul 13, 2012
    Great movie! Feeling the excitement in the game, wanting to cheer along with them. Doesn't only focus on the sport of the movie but also high school, society, and life. Well done story plot, with great characters along with it. Expand
  3. Sep 18, 2013
    It's one of the most inspiring movies. Student comes first. Everything in the movie was good. The characters fitted their roles, there is a sense of excitement in watching this. We'll all learn from it. Expand
  4. SuleimanM.
    Jul 30, 2006
    Not a bad movie, not bad at all. Story was good, and the games looked nice, however, the only thing that made me watch was samuel L. Jackson. Overall, it's worth a rent, that's about it. Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2014
    Coach Carter is such an inspiring story. Sam Jackson does what he does best, being tough as nails and not being shy about saying anything. This film deserves to be in the best sports drama list Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2013
    Yes, the movie may be a bit cliche, but all sports movies ultimately are. At the end of the day, it's a very good film with an even better message. Samuel L. Jackson is great in the lead role and his performance is certainly one of the many bright spots in this film. Expand
  7. DisappointedParent
    Oct 8, 2005
    The movie was excellent. I found it so motivating that I went to his website and ordered a book. It's been almost 4 months and I have yet to see a book. I'm very dissappointed with this whole experience. It's hard to have faith in people when situations like this occure. I truly felt coach carter was genuine and had a great love for helping our children have a better understanding of the importance to do well in school. I hope this isn't business as usual. Expand

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